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Could EPCOT Replace Morocco Pavilion with Brazil?

EPCOT’s transformation has been a whirlwind of excitement! The Disney Park’s four neighborhoods are taking shape and so far we’re thrilled with new experiences such as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. But, what’s happening in the World Showcase with EPCOT’s Morocco Pavilion?

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Walt Disney World Resort has acquired full operations of the Morocco Pavilion from its previous Kingdom of Morocco ownership which fully funded and designed the stunning pavilion. The transfer was a joint agreement and took place at the end of 2020.

In Fall 2020, it was reported in a joint statement released by Jacquee Wahler, VP of Communications Walt Disney World Resort, and Rashid Choufani and Rachid Lyazidi, Operating Participants Morocco Pavilion stated:

“After many years of working together, we have a mutually agreed arrangement to begin the process of transitioning operations of the Morocco pavilion to Disney. By the end of the year, Disney will assume operations of this important part of EPCOT and under Disney’s operation, the pavilion will continue to honor the rich traditions and legacy it has since it opened.”

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With Disney assuming all operations of Morocco and its phased reopenings after COVID, the EPCOT Pavilion has since been on the quiet side. It wasn’t too long ago Disney adjusted the dining experience with a new menu for Spice Road Table Restaurant. They also just recently reopened the Souk-al-Magreb store.

The Morocco Pavilion currently has two quick-service locations open including Oasis Sweets & Sips and Tangerine Cafe. Princess Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin (1992) has also made a return for a character meet and greet.

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There are however several experiences still missing within the Pavilion that we have yet to see a return. One experience includes the belly-dancing dining restaurant previously known as Restaurant Marrakesh. Restaurant Marrakesh was a fun experience but was never extremely popular with easy to snag dining reservations.

The many Marketplace shops that previously held stunning Moroccan merchandise are also closed leaving much of the back of the Pavilion quiet.

So, we got to thinking! Could Disney be thinking of possibly replacing the Morocco Pavilion with a new country… such as Brazil?

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It’s no secret that the new Disney film Encanto (2021) is a massive success. Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek has already confirmed more Encanto is to come with talk of an attraction in the Disney Parks. Just recently, it was confirmed that Disneyland’s Tarzan Treehouse is being transformed, but we are still awaiting word if the rumors of an Encanto retheme are true.

The film’s success could be a match for the lackluster and no luck of reopenings within Disney’s acquired Morocco Pavilion. Could Disney be thinking that a country such as Brazil with Encanto‘s Colombia roots be a better fit for the Pavilion between Japan and France?

Instead of Princess Jasmine, a Brazil Pavilion could feature members of the Madrigal Family such as Mirabel. Restaurant Marrakesh and the many closed Marketplace shops could be the space needed for a new Encanto-themed attraction. Plus, Spice Road Table could get an Encanto retheme with its excellent World Showcase Lagoon views. Even neighboring Souk-al-Magreb store could receive a facelift with Encanto merchandise.

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Of course, this is all speculation as Disney has yet to mention when and how Encanto will plug in at Walt Disney World Resort. Encanto‘s songwriter, Lin-Manuel Miranda, told Insider in regards to a Disney Encanto experience that “The Imagineers are on it. I don’t know what they do or where they live, but I know they’re on it.”

While we love the beauty of the Morocco Pavilion, it is intriguing to think about the excitement a new experience or two could bring to the quiet EPCOT Pavilion. Could an EPCOT Brazil Pavilion overhaul do just that?

About Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.